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Zotac Geforce GTX 1050 2GB Mini - £106.99 @ Amazon
Zotac Geforce GTX 1050 2GB Mini - £106.99 @ Amazon

Zotac Geforce GTX 1050 2GB Mini - £106.99 @ Amazon

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This is the lowest ever price for a 1050 by some £10.

This card is a particularly good choice for a small PC, as it's only 145mm long, and requires no power cable. It runs 'cold and quiet' hardwaresecrets.com/zot…/6/

Seems like a nice card at a nice price. It's a big upgrade for a PC with no graphics. The performance is inline with a GTX 960, so it's probably not much of an upgrade for people with a graphics card from the last couple of generations. But for an older PC, or a HTPC build, it's excellent. (the gtx 1050 ti is obviously better still, but for £30 or so more.)

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Nice find but it's doubtful that it will run quiet , I have a gtx750 with a singular fan and that creates a fair amount of noise , this fan appears to be the same ..

Just another side note this also runs about 25-30% faster than the gtx750.
Edited by: "sim11" 9th Dec 2016

I would only consider a passive GPU for a HTPC

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sim11

Nice find but it's doubtful that it will run quiet , I have a gtx750 with … Nice find but it's doubtful that it will run quiet , I have a gtx750 with a singular fan and that creates a fair amount of noise , this fan appears to be the same ..Just another side note this also runs about 25-30% faster than the gtx750.



Which GTX 750?

I'm not sure what you mean by runs 25% faster. Do you mean the performance?

Anyway, this German test translate.google.co.uk/tra…php shows that the Zotac card is extremely quiet.

I have a different brand 1050, but they are all very similar.
Great card.
Good find, and excellent price. Well done OP

I would rather pay £140 more and future proof the GPU more and get a 6gb 1060. You'd struggle to get past quite a few games at medium with this card.

Naruto

I would only consider a passive GPU for a HTPC



If it's in same room......all my AV stuff is in a dedicated media cupboard upstairs.

Naruto

I would only consider a passive GPU for a HTPC


you can use this gpu run passive cooling with hdplex h5

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Danjw91

I would rather pay £140 more and future proof the GPU more and get a 6gb … I would rather pay £140 more and future proof the GPU more and get a 6gb 1060. You'd struggle to get past quite a few games at medium with this card.



you'd rather pay more than double the price?

great, but not really relevant if you want to spend ~£100

What about in a HP microserver N36L variant ?

dudedude

you'd rather pay more than double the price?



Agreed, can't compare the two. Though it's borderline insanity choosing a 1050 over a 1050Ti to save £30.

I own the gtx950 which is a little slower then this and I find it's rather good for basic gaming, overwatch on high settings, a lot of games in the last year run well enough and look good, 1080p is fine with a lot of stuff.

Personally I would try to get the Ti model but this is still a good price for someone who wants to build a simple gaming rig or just have a gpu for their setup.

nealgs

What about in a HP microserver N36L variant ?


should work fine, depending W of the current PSU and how many HDDs you have I guess to make sure another 75W is fine for the PSU
1050 should work fine with pci-e x16 gen2

How would this compare the a 750Ti?

BlockABoots

How would this compare the a 750Ti?


This is a bit faster.
In the region of 20% maybe. Not worth upgrading from a 750Ti though, i dont think.

Just a random review comparing 750Ti and this:
pcworld.com/art…e=5
Edited by: "Msic" 9th Dec 2016

GPUs got expensive. *50 cards used to be cheap budget models, good for HTPC use and a bit of gaming, but likely to be out-dated 12 months down the line. If you wanted 2 years (plus a third at low settings), you bought a *60 card. If you wanted 3 years at high to medium, you bought a *70.

Reading around, it doesn't look like that has changed much. But the price has jumped about 80%.

Edited by: "satchef1" 9th Dec 2016

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MBeeching

Agreed, can't compare the two. Though it's borderline insanity choosing a … Agreed, can't compare the two. Though it's borderline insanity choosing a 1050 over a 1050Ti to save £30.



You what?

The TI costs 30% more and only offers 22% more performance.

techpowerup.com/rev…tml

Plus when you get to THAT price point you might as well just get the RX470, which is considerably faster.

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BlockABoots

How would this compare the a 750Ti?



the 750ti is now obsolete at the new prices; if you already own one this is ~50% faster. It's comparable to a 960.
It's kind of not worth upgrading, but maybe if you can sell your 750 ti for a good price.

An Rx470 or GTX 1060 or higher is a more concrete upgrade, if your PSU is ok for it.

Do you get a free game? Nvidia are offering a choice of 3 for 1050 to 1060.. I just bought a code from someone and redeemed raw data for £16ish

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satchef1

GPUs got expensive. *50 cards used to be cheap budget models, good for … GPUs got expensive. *50 cards used to be cheap budget models, good for HTPC use and a bit of gaming, but likely to be out-dated 12 months down the line. If you wanted 2 years (plus a third at low settings), you bought a *60 card. If you wanted 3 years at high to medium, you bought a *70.Reading around, it doesn't look like that has changed much. But the price has jumped about 80%.



Absolute rubbish

The 650 was $109, the 750 $119 anandtech.com/sho…l/4, the 1050 $109 anandtech.com/sho…050

$109 = £104, after VAT

The 650 ti was $149, the 750 ti was $149, the 950 was $159 anandtech.com/sho…159, the 1050 ti $139

So cheaper than ever, it's just that the brexit exchange rate adds on 15-20% to the POUND price.

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SavageDonkey

Do you get a free game? Nvidia are offering a choice of 3 for 1050 to … Do you get a free game? Nvidia are offering a choice of 3 for 1050 to 1060.. I just bought a code from someone and redeemed raw data for £16ish


Yes you do redeem.geforce.com/en-…LE2

dudedude

Absolute rubbish The 650 was $109, the 750 $119 … Absolute rubbish The 650 was $109, the 750 $119 http://www.anandtech.com/show/7764/the-nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-and-gtx-750-review-maxwell/4, the 1050 $109 http://www.anandtech.com/show/10768/nvidia-announces-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-gtx-1050$109 = £104, after VATThe 650 ti was $149, the 750 ti was $149, the 950 was $159 http://www.anandtech.com/show/9547/nvidia-launches-geforce-gtx-950-gm206-the-lesser-for-159, the 1050 ti $139So cheaper than ever, it's just that the brexit exchange rate adds on 15-20% to the POUND price.



Three generations isnt 'ever', kid. I was remarking as someone who has been out of the PC game for a few years - based on what I used to pay, the new cards seem a tad pricey, and the older generations a tad underperforming. To be fair, I suspect the latter is due to the new console generation ending the graphical stagnation that was the norm from 2010 up to 2013.

I can't really be bothered to research my point. All I know is I'm looking at building my first PC for over five years and I'm quite shocked at component prices vs performance. For the same relative performance I'm looking at £100-£150 more on a budget machine.

Edited by: "satchef1" 9th Dec 2016

dudedude

You what?The TI costs 30% more and only offers 22% more … You what?The TI costs 30% more and only offers 22% more performance.https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_1050_Gaming_X/27.htmlPlus when you get to THAT price point you might as well just get the RX470, which is considerably faster.



The Ti is £20 more at OCUK...

overclockers.co.uk/zot…tml
Edited by: "satchef1" 9th Dec 2016

Actually, I suspect Amazon are price matching Overclockers. Both cards are the same price at both retailers.

dudedude

You what?The TI costs 30% more and only offers 22% more performance.



You're mistaken, it's around £30 extra for a Ti variant of the card with twice the VRAM.
Pound-for-pound there's a good performance gain for very little extra.

Edited by: "MBeeching" 9th Dec 2016

MBeeching

You're mistaken, it's around £30 extra for a Ti variant of the card with … You're mistaken, it's around £30 extra for a Ti variant of the card with twice the VRAM.Pound-for-pound there's a good performance gain for very little extra.



He's not mistaken. He's just glued to spec sheets and reviews, seemingly missing that these things very rarely sell for their RRP in the UK.

MBeeching

Agreed, can't compare the two. Though it's borderline insanity choosing a … Agreed, can't compare the two. Though it's borderline insanity choosing a 1050 over a 1050Ti to save £30.



​looking at benchmarks on various sites it seems that you get roughly 7 fps better but better textures and shaders just all depends if you have £30 extra

If I was going to splash out on a new card (which I might well do) I would rather pay the extra £25 and get a 1050ti.
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